Why Solid-State over Regular Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by legaleye3000, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2007
    What is the advantage of the solid-stage drive?

    I know no moving parts and I think speed. Is that it?


    (If its faster, is it quite noticably faster?)

    Also, are there speakers on the MBAir?
  2. ZachPruckowski macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2007
    The 4200 rpm HDD is slow. It's also PATA. It's the same drive speed I have in my iBook, and it's slow even for that machine.

    And yes, the MBA does have a speaker. It's a mono speaker, but I have no idea where it's located.
  3. Ozy macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2006
    Goodyear, AZ
  4. lucky3killer macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Yup, SSD is so expensive right now.

    Just same as in 80's and early 90's, HDD was so expensive in back in day.
  5. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    I believe it also consumes less energy, so battery life is improved.
  6. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    Solid State has much better access times ( so generally snappier ), much lower power consumption - but the pure read and write speed for large files is a bit lower.

    $999 for the SSD isn't actually that much of a rip off. Figures of £500 are not uncommon for such parts. They're really that expensive. Nowhere near as much as a ripoff as Apple''s BTO Ram where they take a £80 part and charge 5x that.

  7. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816


    Dec 1, 2005
    It should be cooler and less battery hungry i guess.

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